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Nachtjager Volume 1: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Units 1939-1943 (Luftwaffe Colours) [Paperback]

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Produced in the same style as the Jagdwaffe series (which concentrated on German day fighters), this is the first of a two-part history of the German Nachtjager the nightfighter force in World War II. The Luftwaffe used many aircraft in the night fighter role, primarily to combat RAF Bomber Commanders nocturnal heavy bombing raids against German targets from 1940-41 onwards, and a cat-and-mouse development of aircraft enhancement, weapons, guidance systems, and radar took place. The book contains a wide variety of aircraft. This volume, concentrates on the single-seat Me109 fighter adapted as a night fighter, early versions of the Me110 and the Ju88. The text is accompanied by a wide range of photographs many published for the first time together with color profiles, biographies of top night fighter aces such as Falck, Schnaufer, Lent, Jabs and others. Furthermore, the book includes pilot accounts and details of the Schr+ge Musik upward-firing, FuG202 Lichtenstein and SN-2 radar sets, etc. With the great importance attached by the Royal Air Force to its nocturnal bombing raids, the importance to the defense of Germany of the night fighters squadrons cannot be overstated. This volume and its companion will provide the modeler and historian with a detailed examination of the Nachtjager forces deployed by the Luftwaffe during the war and will be required reading for all interested in the subject of the nightly battles over the skies of the Reich during World War II.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 14, 2006
Publisher   Classic Publication
ISBN  1903223539  
ISBN13  9781903223536  

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Great book  Mar 31, 2008
This series of books is worth the money. They provide a gripping narrative of the history of the fighting units.

As well as this there are extensive pictures and excellent colour line drawings of some of the aircraft used.

This is one book to get!!!
Reliving the Exploits of Germany's Deadly Nightfighters!  May 19, 2006
David Williams, who wrote the HUNTERS OF THE REICH books, examines the development and early combat history of the Luftwaffe's nightfighter arm in this nicely-done volume, the first of two.

Despite Hermann Goering's idiotic boast that no enemy bomb would fall on Germany, Luftwaffe commanders began forming small nightfighter units begining in late 1939. Due to an insightful report filed by a Bf 110 pilot, Htm. Wolfgang Falck, in April 1940, the Luftwaffe began serious efforts to create and organize a Night Fighter Force, Falck being appointed to command the first Nachtjagdgeschwader. The task was enormous but Falck's efforts were bolstered by the appointment of Oberst Josef Kammhuber to command a newly created Night Fighter Division. By the end of 1940 radar technology, both ground-based and mounted in Bf 110s, Ju 88s and other aircraft, had been incorporated, resulting in a force that began taking an increasing toll of their RAF opponents.

Williams covers the first, faltering steps of German's nightfighters, chronicling their successes, failures and technical developments such as 'Schrage musik' along with giving proper credit - in the form of lengthy sidebars - to Falck, Kammhuber and top-scoring ace Helmut Lent. Several combat reports by aircrew and CGI controllers are included as well.

In typical "Classic Colours" style the text is complimented by over 200 black & white and color photos and 14 Tim Brown/Tom Tullis color profiles of Bf 109, 110, Ju 88, Do 215/217 and even Arado 68 nightfighters. This is one VERY well-illustrated book!

The exploits of experten like Streib, Gildner, Lent and Geiger live again in Williams' splendid book. Luftwaffe fans will enjoy this book; it's a winner!

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